North Korean official threatens to use nukes if US strikes

North Korea would not hesitate to use a nuclear bomb as a preemptive strike against American forces preparing a military attack on the country, the country’s vice foreign minister said Friday.

CBS News reported Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said the United States is marching toward war with North Korea and President Trump’s decision to send a naval strike force near the Korean Peninsula is a provocation.

Reports have surfaced that Trump is considering a pre-emptive strike on the North Koreans to keep dictator Kim Jong Un from testing a sixth nuclear weapon. The Pentagon has knocked back that report, but Han said if the U.S. considers such an action it will be war.

“If the U.S. comes up with a dangerous military option, then the first card is in our hands, then we’ll deal with it with our pre-emptive strike,” he said. “This means war.”

When asked if North Korea would use a nuclear weapon in a war with the United States, Han simply replied, “Of course.”

Trump has called on China to help turn the screws on North Korea to get them to stop testing nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles. He’s called for further economic sanctions on the Kim regime but said Thursday the U.S. and its allies would deal with the regime if China didn’t.

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